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Visiting Artist Profile: Lyndon Barrois Jr.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


I was born in New Orleans, LA, but feel at home in Southern California.


Maryland Institute College of Art for undergrad, Washington University in St. Louis for graduate studies.

Creative Specialty:

I focused on painting initially, but now migrate between mediums as they are suitable. I like experimenting outside of any specialty I may have.

When/how did you get interested in art?

I was exposed to it through my father, who is also an artist. I've always been aware of the possibility of having an idea for an image or form and turning it into something real.

Did you always know you’d be an artist?

Not seriously or professionally until my junior year of high school. Making drawings was something I was proficient at, but I didn't consider art-making as a professional pursuit.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

I've realized that it's very similar to what I like about art-making: you try to make sense of something by drawing a parallel to something else that isn't obviously related.

Where do you find creative inspiration?

Pretty much anywhere. Things I encounter on walks, the design of a thermostat, store displays. Those are just from looking around. Inspiration usually comes from things that are not art related.  

First impression of KU and Lawrence so far:

Lawrence is charming, and KU loves its Jayhawk merch.

What was the last thing you read for fun?

I am trying to read Everfair by Nisi Shawl.  But reading for work is fun too.  It is all the same, I think...

My guilty pleasure:

Watching martial arts choreography (and donuts)